At Kijiji, your security is a key priority! We monitor ads, replies, and investigate user reports to ensure that only legitimate activity is taking place and that bad people are denied access to Kijiji. Our relentless round the clock blocking of scam attempts drives fraudsters to be ever more creative and find new ways to connect with Kijiji users. Text messages have become their mode of contact of choice, as numbers attached to Kijiji ads are posted publicly, and they can send you messages without being blocked by our filters.
Text messages often appear fairly innocuous initially, something like:
“Am Interested in item, Please email me back at email@example.com as i am at work”
Your first signs that this may be a scam will be that the phone number isn’t local and the email address may contain gibberish or a lot of numbers. The text will also likely have strange punctuation and spelling. This should instantly ring alarm bells in your head because why would anyone want to be emailed if they’re contacting you through your phone? Kijiji has an email contact form that makes this easier for legitimate users! They choose to do this to cut the reply filters out of the equation. Once you are emailing with them, they can use google translate and paste their long winded stories much more easily (thus reaching the maximum amount of potential victims).
Within the communication they will then give you a story, often that they can’t call you because they are working on an oil rig, or they are presently traveling the world and as such can only correspond via SMS text and email. They often claim to have jobs that they believe will make them seem more trustworthy; claims to be in the clergy, army, or Greenpeace are common with these types of scam attempts. They’ll feed you any excuse NOT to meet up with you, because they’re actually on the other side of the world doing their best to steal Canadians’ hard earned money far from the reach of Canadian law enforcement.
The usual next steps:
“I was just about to make the payment when I had this little problem with the picking up,I got an email from my agent..I thought I included that in my previous email. But he said he won’t come and pick up the vehicle unless I pay him the agent commission fee first in order to be able to schedule a pick up time, and my pick up agent head quarters is in the United Kingdom and all commission payments made for pick up, from anywhere in the world is sent to their head quarters in the United Kingdom and the only form of payments they accept is western union money transfer and I tried to pay online but I will need a credit card which i didn’t bring along, and there is no post office (there is usually a western union section in most post offices) or any western union agent offshore! So I have to ask you to help me with the pick up fees, I will include the $700 they charged to pick it up and take it my home(1st class treatment), to the payments I will send through paypal, after I have made the payments, I will need you to help me send the $700 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, the western union money transfer can be made at a post office near to you,there is always a western union agent in most post offices or online at http://www.westernunion..com I will be making the payments shortly and will email you as soon as it has been done..”
If you have any questions, have received some suspicious messages, or need clarification simply contact our support team and we would be happy to clarify.